Cloud computing spend continues to grow over 20% annually as organizations are looking to reduce IT cost, increase agility and better support business functions.

Security of critical data and systems in the cloud remains a key issue and critical barrier to seamless adoption of cloud services. This report is the result of comprehensive research in cooperation with the 300,000+ member Information Security Community on LinkedIn to explore the specific drivers and risk factors of cloud, how organizations are using the cloud, what security risks organizations are most concerned about, and how they are responding to the security threats in cloud environments.

The survey uncovered key findings such as:

  • Cloud security concerns top the list of perceived barriers to cloud adoption, and they continue to increase.
  • The top three cloud security threats are unauthorized access (53%) through misuse of employee credentials and improper access controls, hijacking of accounts (44%), and insecure interfaces / APIs (39%).
  • Verifying security policies (51%), visibility into infrastructure security (49%) and compliance (37%) were named as the top three cloud security challenges that cause the biggest headaches for IT security professionals.
  • Organizations moving to the cloud have a variety of choices available to strengthen cloud security.
  • Encryption of data at rest (65%) and in motion through networks (57%) top the list of most effective security controls to protect data in the cloud.

Download this report to learn how your peers are approaching cloud security issues and gain valuable benchmark data to gauge how your own organization stacks up.

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2016 Cloud Security Issues Spotlight Report

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